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Where to pick up your car
The most popular car hire location is Nantes Airport (NTE), which is just over 20 mins' drive from the centre (about 10km).
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Nantes are Thrifty, Budget, Avis, Europcar and Sixt.
Warmest month: July (20°C)
Coldest month: January (6°C)
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Nantes is a hub of playful imagination and youthful creativity.
This fanciful city is well-known for its robotic animals, les machines de I’Île, which stroll down the Loire River and rub shoulders with historic architecture. Constantly renewing itself through inventive charms, Nantes is one of France’s best avant-garde showstoppers.
The city also makes the perfect launching point for a Loire Valley road trip. Search for your car hire with easyCar and drive through this UNESCO region, stopping to take in its elegant landscapes and chateaux.
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The Loire Valley is one of the most diverse wine growing regions in the country and the base of France’s longest wine route, which stretches 1000km from Nantes to Sancerre. It’s also home of the second-greatest sparkling wine behind Champagne. Most vineyards here are family-owned, giving the wine an extra hint of dedicated warmth.
You can visit numerous wineries located on chateaux grounds, such as Château des Vaults and Château Soucherie, or others like Domaine Sauvète and Pierre & Bertrand Couly that are integrated into the natural landscape. For a particularly unique vineyard experience, check out the 100 year old hand dug cellars at Les Caves du Père Auguste.
With 42 different chateaux, the Loire Valley is overflowing with architectural creativity.
The 16th-century Château d’Ussé has inspired magical storybook tales with its enchanting facade and pointed turrets. Resting on the edge of the Chinon Forest, it is all too easy to picture knights and nobles riding up the castle’s doors.
Château de Goulaine is located just outside of Nantes and is the first castle of the Loire. Originally built to defend the Duchy of Brittany, it was later rebuilt in the great French Renaissance style and has been home to the same family for over 1000 years.
Regarded as the “Garden of France”, the Loire Valley is ripe with natural French splendor and stylistically trimmed gardens. The greenery you’ll find here is more than just groupings of plants, its a true form of art.
The Parc Oriental de Maulévrier is the largest oriental garden in Europe. An easy day trip from Nantes, the garden will likely put you in a meditative trance with its sculpted ferns and flowers.
In comparison to most gardens in the region, Le Jardin d'Elise is still in its infancy. Ancient roses and over 600 perennials bloom throughout the year, filling the garden with vivid colours and intense fragrance.
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